Severna Park girls stun ninth-ranked Annapolis Lawton and two other sophomores spark upset

Basketball roundup

March 03, 1998|By FORM STAFF REPORTS

Unranked Severna Park (14-9) used a trapping, pressure defense and had four players -- three of them sophomores -- in double digits to stun No. 9-ranked Annapolis, 61-48, in the Class 4A East quarterfinals last night.

The Falcons will host eighth-ranked Meade at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the semifinals.

Kim Lawton led the host Falcons with 24 points, followed by 14 and 10 points from fellow sophomores Lauren Bessire and Natalie Hicks. Junior Beth Davis tossed in 11.

Annapolis (18-6) humbled the Falcons in their two regular-season games by 57-38 and 65-28.

"The first two times we played them, we were probably too aggressive, but tonight we played our best defensive game of the season," said 17-year Severna Park coach Kevin McGrath. "The idea was to limit their field goals and we did. Everybody did what they were supposed to do and there were no gaps for easy shots. And this is the best foul-shooting team I've ever had."

The Falcons' pressure defense held the Panthers to just three field goals in the first half and eight in the second. At the line, Severna Park sank 27 of 33 free-throw attempts.

No. 5 Arundel 77, North County 35: Megan Rollins scored 16 points as the Wildcats (21-3) downed the visiting Knights in a Class 4A South quarterfinal game.

Arundel went on a 22-9 first-quarter scoring run en route to a 41-14 halftime lead. North County's Allison Sabo led all scorers with 18.

Arundel faces host Westminster tomorrow.

No. 8 Meade 68, Queen Anne's 26: Freshman Nicole Dailey had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lift the Mustangs (20-4) over the Lions in a Class 4A East quarterfinal. Junior Angie Creek scored 16 points with seven assists for Meade, which plays at Severna Park tomorrow.

Westminster 41, Old Mill 37: A steal and a basket by Kyrica Frisby gave Westminster (7-15) a 37-36 lead with 41 seconds left and Cathy Frame sealed the verdict with four successive free throws in a Class 4A East regional at Old Mill.

Westminster, which will be home against Arundel in a semifinal game tomorrow night, built an early 9-2 lead, but a six-minute scoring drought in the third period allowed Old Mill to go ahead, 25-21, despite getting just one basket in the same stretch. Five free throws did the rest.

Halfway through the last quarter, Seneka Blackwell's second three-pointer gave the Patriots a 34-29 margin.

The visitors erased that on a basket by Kallie Smith, two foul shots by Frame and a basket by Mary Dickensheets for 35-34, as they held the Patriots scoreless for three minutes. Three of the game's five lead changes came in the last 90 seconds.

Lisa Feeheley, 17 points, and Seneka Blackwell 15, dominated the play for Old Mill.

Dunbar 43, South River 38: Sophomore Keisha Wills scored 26 points with 18 rebounds and five steals to lead the Poets (16-6) to a Class 2A East quarterfinal win over the Seahawks. Senior Adria Lewnes led South River with 13 points.

Boys

No. 7 Meade 77, Queen Anne's 64: Senior David Stangee scored 21 points with 13 rebounds and junior Jeff Charles had 16 points, seven blocks and nine rebounds for Meade (19-5), which outscored the Lions (14-9) by 47-24 in the second half to break open a close game.

Southern-AA 73, Wicomico 67: Will Maynard had 29 points, including 10 in the decisive third quarter as the host Bulldogs (14-9) came from behind to win a 2A East quarterfinal game. Southern-AA trailed by 10 at halftime but outscored Wicomico, 24-7, in the third to take the lead for good.

The Bulldogs will host top-seeded Dunbar Thursday.

No. 1 Dunbar 86, South River 70: Jamal Brown scored a game-high 31 points to lead the third-seeded Poets (21-3) to a 2A East win over the sixth-seeded Seahawks. Senior Pernell Jackson led South River with 24 points.

Westminster 58, Old Mill 54: Westminster (15-8), in deep foul trouble, built a 52-41 lead on host Old Mill (13-9) with 5: 25 %J remaining, then had to hold off the tenacious Patriots down the stretch for a Class 4A West quarterfinal victory.

For Old Mill Noel Cruz had 19, Tim Smith 14, and Hall 13.

Pub Date: 3/03/98

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